Personnel

  • Stephanie Garman Freed

    Co-Founder & Executive Director

    Stephanie learned about human trafficking from her father, Joe Garman, who had been working in Southeast Asia for many years. As she began to research the issue, she felt compelled to stand up for trafficked and exploited children. She co-founded Rapha House in 2003, and continues to work tirelessly on behalf of children everywhere. She serves as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Rapha House, but she still believes that being a mother is the most important job in her life. She lives in Joplin, MO along with her husband, Brandon, and their three children. 

  • Angela Foster

    Director of Involvement

    Angela's heart was deeply changed after taking an awareness trip to Cambodia in October 2011. After returning from her trip, she began volunteering once a week and eventually joined the staff in June 2012. She leads the team of staff at the U.S. office as the Director of Involvement and she seeks ways to involve each and every person who has an interest in Rapha House.

  • Travis Buchan

    Chief Financial Officer

    Travis first discovered Rapha House while attending Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO. He began volunteering with Rapha House in the summer of 2012 and came on staff later that year.  As Chief Financial Officer, Travis helps oversee the financial operations of Rapha House internationally. He is a Certified Public Accountant and he enjoys using his business expertise in a supporting role to help speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

  • David Peters

    General Counsel and Strategic Development Director

    The Old Testament prophets woke David to Jesus’ teaching and the heart of God for the poor, widow, orphan, alien and oppressed.  Through church work in Miami, seminary, and law school, David and his wife Anastasia endeavored to figure out how they were supposed to serve the marginalized and forgotten, especially once they were confronted with the horrors of human trafficking.  While a professor, David began a partnership with Rapha House that went from part time now to full time.  With Anastasia and their kids, David is more eager than ever to empower the church to be God’s heart and hands in the world, especially to the "least of these" that mean so much to God.

  • Pat Fancher

    Prevention Director

    Pat's life was turned upside-down on her first mission trip to Honduras, where her heart was broken and missions became a lifestyle. Her heart was not only changed, it was enlarged, as she saw the world through a different lens. As a director on the Engage team at Christ In Youth (CIY), Pat led hundreds of students on mission trips around the world. However, an awareness trip to Cambodia in March of 2007, changed her life once again. Educating others about modern-day slavery became a burning passion and the ministry of Rapha House became an important piece of her life. Recently, Pat retired from CIY and has transitioned to RH in the role of Prevention Director, where she plans to pray for miracles, stand for justice, and be an advocate against slavery. Her favorite quote is "Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love." - Mother Teresa

  • Robin Blair

    Aftercare Director

    Robin earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Seminary in California, and has been involved with Rapha House in various capacities since 2007. As Aftercare Director, Robin combines her clinical expertise and her research in trauma treatment in international settings to "help the helpers." She works alongside International Directors to oversee client services programs, with the overarching goal of ensuring the safety and protection of clients and staff. She helps provide a high quality of care and services to clients through developing and implementing culturally competent policies, procedures, and trainings to help staff do their work in an effective and sustainable way.

  • Gabe Quick

    Media Director

    Gabe first heard of Rapha House while attending Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO. With a background in church ministry, graphic design, web development, social media, and print design. Gabe helps oversee all outbound media whatever form that may take. The resident "Button Pusher", if you will. He keeps up to date on where the attention is in the digital world and makes sure Rapha House captures all of that attention it can to create as much awareness as possible.

  • Whitney Herrod

    Director of Merchandise

    Whitney learned about Rapha House at a young age and began volunteering in high school. She later moved to Denton, TX, to pursue fashion design at the University of North Texas with the intention of using her love of fashion to fight modern day slavery. The summer of 2013, she completed her fashion internship in Cambodia with the Rapha House sewing program, which inspired an award-winning evening wear collection at her senior fashion show. Whitney came on staff as the Director of Merchandise in 2015 and continues to use her skills to benefit the Rapha House girls.

  • Angie Brower

    Counselor, LMSW

    Angie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a heart for serving abused and exploited children. She began helping with Rapha House when it was only a vision and now serves on staff as a therapist. In addition to collaborating on issues of trauma and therapy techniques to be used in our safe houses, Angie continues to see clients of all kinds in the U.S. Many of the clients are children who come from the foster care system and have faced severe traumas of many kinds.

  • Jenna Harrison

    Operations Coordinator

    Jenna first felt the Lord’s growing passion in her life to work with international ministries during her time attending college at West Texas A&M University where she completed a Dual Degree in Broadcast Journalism and Advertising Public Relations. During her time as a student Jenna had the opportunity to hear Sophorn and Stephanie share their stories and was convicted she needed to be involved with Rapha House in the fight against human trafficking and sexual exploitation. 

    After graduating, Jenna moved to South Asia for six months and that experience confirmed the calling God had on her life to be involved in ministry. Shortly after returning to America, Jenna moved to Joplin to begin an internship with Rapha House. During her internship, she participated in an awareness trip to Cambodia. Her desire to work with Rapha House greatly increased after this experience.  In January of 2017 Jenna joined the staff of Rapha House International as the Operations Coordinator. She loves the hope that there is no end to what God can do through these people and this organization.

  • Kelly Kleespies

    Donations Coordinator

    Kelly first heard about Rapha House before she moved to Joplin, and instantly wanted to be involved in some way.

    She moved to Lindale, Texas out of high school to attend a discipleship training school with YWAM and went to Cuba for a month-long outreach trip. It was Kelly's first time being out of the country and she came back with a completely changed heart. Shortly after she ended up moving to Joplin, MO and started working as a Gymnastics coach. Through friends and God opening doors she started volunteering at Rapha House in the Fall of 2017 and became the finance intern in early 2018. She loves what God is doing through Rapha House and can't believe she gets to have a small part in it. She currently lives in Joplin with her husband Kyle, and their first baby is on the way!

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